TŌPŪTANGA TAPUHI KAITIAKI O AOTEAROA
Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa, New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO), is the leading professional nursing association and union for nurses in Aotearoa New Zealand. NZNO represents over
53,000 nurses, midwives, students, kaimahi hauora and health workers on professional and employment related matters. NZNO is affiliated to the International Council of Nurses, Global Nurses United and the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions. We promote and advocate for professional excellence in nursing by providing leadership, research and
education to inspire and progress the profession of nursing. NZNO represents members on employment and industrial matters and negotiates collective employment agreements.
Our organisation embraces te Tiriti o Waitangi and the inherent principle of Tino Rangatiratanga. NZNO contributes to the improvement of the health status and outcomes of all peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand through influencing health, employment and social policy development enabling quality nursing care provision.
NZNO’S VISION IS FREED TO CARE, PROUD TO NURSE
Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa
NZNO recognises the President and Kaiwhakahaere elected in accordance with the constitution as the joint heads of the organisation and continue to work on a true bicultural partnership, guided in this process by Te Poari o Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa (a standing committee of the NZNO board). Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa, (Te Rūnanga) is the bicultural partner through which the moemoeā, the
aspirations of Māori nurses, midwives, students, kaimahi hauora, health workers and allied health professionals are achieved.
Te Rūnanga represents the needs, concerns and interests of Māori members at regional, national and international forums. Our aim is to enhance the health and wellbeing of all people of Aotearoa. We are united in our professional and industrial aspirations to achieve a safe, sustainable and accessible system of public health care for all people.
Te Rūnanga represents the voice of 3,900, members needs, concerns and interests of Māori members at regional, national and international forums. Te Rūnanga leads the development of Māori processes within NZNO.
This year’s conference will inspire action and change. Its theme, “Raising an Army of Māori Nurses”, stems from the challenge of Sir Āpirana Ngata in the early 1900s, as a solution to combating the waves of epidemics that were killing Māori. Sir Taihakurei Eddie Durie reminded us just last year, that despite the years between the initial proclamation to today that action is still required to combat the growing non communicable disease epidemic, growing inequalities and health and wellbeing outcomes.
We are anticipating at least 350 Māori members; nurses, midwives, students, kaimahi hauora and health care workers attendees from around the country to attend.
We know this will be an exciting conference, and are very pleased to invite you to support this kaupapa. We are upholding the mana of the conference, its participants, sponsors and future moemoeā of our members. We are proud to have our international alliance nursing colleagues Dr Jamie Boyd (Hawaii), Melanie Robinson (Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island) being part of our conference along with Aotearoa New Zealand leading guest speakers Dr Moana Jackson, Annette Sykes, Dr Gary Hook, Dr Rangimarie Turuki Rose Pere and many other amazing speakers.